Monday, December 17, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have A Dream"

During the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's one man by the name of Martin Luther King Jr had a dream for the Black Americans in the United States. Martin Luther King did not like segregation, he was pro-integration, he wanted to end this thing called racism. During his fight and push to end racism in America, Martin Luther King had this famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which he delivered on August 28th 1963 during the March on Washington. In this speech, Martin Luther King said

 "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.' I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood...I have a dream that my 4 little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today."

What makes his speech so important and significant is because it brought Martin Luther King and his message of non-violence to a nationwide & worldwide audience. People heard his speech on the radio and it was also reprinted in newspapers and magazines all over the United States and all over the world. After this speech people really started to pay attention to the civil rights movement that was happening. In a way, his speech made Congress move faster in passing the Civil Rights Act. Although these laws was finally passed in 1964, many of the laws gave African-Americans more equal treatment than they ever had before.